Just like when they first met, Melissa & Shannon quickly fell in love with their venue. Lexington, Va.’s House Mountain Inn set the perfect September backdrop for the couple, who were looking to host a fall, country wedding. Atop the couple’s three-tiered wedding cake sat the words “Dynamic Duo”, reflecting the power pairing–as well as Melissa’s and Shannon’s love of all things superhero. This theme was reflected in details, like the comic-book-style save-the-dates (scenes from their proposal), the groom’s /best man’s processional song (Star Wars) and the superhero-titled tables. The bride’s bouquet held red roses and white calla lillies, while the bridal party’s bouquets held different shades of yellow roses with red hypericum berries. The groomsmen and groomswomen wore matching boutonnieres and wrist bracelet corsages. The decor at the ceremony and reception sites consisted of tall, glass vases with red roses and white hydrangeas, with yellow flower petals lining ceremony aisle. The two-part reception featured a s’mores bar and superhero photo props. Following the reception, attendees partied all-night-long with streaming music, a hookah bar (created from Jack Daniels bottles) and multiple games of cornhole.
When we first met with Betty and Manh they were living in Northern Virginia while planning their wedding in Roanoke. During their engagement the couple moved to Houston for work, resulting in many Skype appointments and two jammed packed trips back to Roanoke to create a wedding weekend that blended Chinese and American wedding traditions. The morning of the wedding friends and family gathered at the groom’s house to form a caravan of cars before driving to the brides home to perform a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Later in the day the couple held a traditional American wedding ceremony in the ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center with over 200 guests in attendance. Since the couple took pictures ahead of time they were able to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests. The evening continued to the sounds of RSP Entertainment while photographer Chelsa Yoder captured shots of guests on the dance floor. The five tiered Chinese flavored wedding cake was made by Cakes by Happy Eatery in Centreville, Virginia and then brought down and assembled by Diamond Events, what a task, but everyone was so appreciative it was well worth it!
Julie and Jarod are a beautiful couple, inside and out, and they knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding! They chose St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Christiansburg, Virginia to hold their ceremony. Julie’s parents were married there too, making it even more special. St. Paul’s is a striking church with a classic white steeple, large open windows aligning the walls and a long aisle. The bridesmaids wore black strapless dresses with bouquets of luscious pink Esperance roses arranged by Gabe and staff at Northside Floral Shop. Julie’s bouquet also had the Esperance roses, along with a few pink lily’s, just beautiful!
After the ceremony, guests travelled to the Virginia Tech Skelton Inn & Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, where they began mingling for cocktail hour. For dinner the ballroom was decorated with black linens, white chair covers with black sashes. The centerpieces too had big pink Esperance roses and white hydrangeas, the arrangements varied between tall trumpet and round glass vases. The food was delicious, the couple chose the Chicken Oscar as one of the items on the buffet, a Skelton Inn favorite. The cake, made by Kelly Cakes of Roanoke was amazing. Each cake layer was designed differently, including the couples monogram on one layer. DJ, Kerri Taylor facilitated the night, interacting with the guests and keeping everyone dancing. At the end of the night all of the guests made their way outside to line the sidewalk with sparklers. Julie and Jarod made their way all the way through the sparkler line to jump in their limousine and be whisked away to their honeymoon. They were finally married!
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